The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract.

 

Submission deadline: February 20

  • The award is open to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, whether or not they have previously published a book.
  • Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories or essays; two or more novellas or novella-length essays; a combination of one or more novellas/novella-length essays and short stories/essays; a combination of stories and essays. Novellas or novella-length nonfiction must be part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages, 12-point font. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic or self-published) makes it ineligible. Individual stories or essays that have been previously published may be included in the manuscript. Each submission must include a list of acknowledgments of previously published work (title and magazine/journal/anthology) included in the manuscript.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee.
  • All manuscripts will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All identifying information will be submitted through the online submission manager only.
  • Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, the submission should be promptly withdrawn from consideration.
  • Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript and a separate entry fee is paid.
  • No hard-copy manuscript submissions will be considered.

 

Please direct all inquiries to: prize@thejournalmag.org

 

The 2017 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Michael Kardos.

Michael Kardos - MSU Professor of Creative Writing (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse,  Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in BestAmerican Short Stories.

Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He is at work on a new novel.

The 2016 winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize is Kathryn Nuernberger. 

KathrynNuernbergerAuthorPicKathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink won the James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets and will be released from BOA Editions this fall. Rag & Bone won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press. Essays from Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past have appeared in Ninth Letter, Diagram, Mid-American Review, Redivider, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.